Stuff White People Like

16 Mar

Last night, in an effort to procrastinate as much as possible, I happened to walk into one of the funniest lectures I have ever had the pleasure of hearing on a college campus. I had never heard of Christian Lander or even his book, Stuff White People Like, but that didn’t stop me from rolling out of my chair laughing for a straight hour.  While the things in his book were extremely hilarious, including stories ranging from scarves to farmers markets, he surprisingly dealt with some serious race and class issues as well.  What amazed me the most though was how Christian Lander became successful.  His whole story began when he and his friend were discussing all the funny things about white people and he decided to put it on Word Press just like so many millions of people do everyday.  He steadily saw the views grow within the first few days until he reached about 1,000 views a day.  The numbers soon began to grow and grow until he was starting to be featured on major news stations.  Eventually he had hundreds of thousands of views a day and Hollywood agents were flying him to LA to have meetings.  Within months of his first blog post, he was working on a book that became a New York Times Best Seller.  People work all their lives in Hollywood hoping to reach the success that Christian has, yet he became a bestseller within 6 months of starting his blog.  This just proves how powerful media can really be.  With a little luck and some original ideas, amazing things can happen. Image


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